The Accelerating Excellence In Translational Science (AXIS)Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Avalon Carver Community Center, Inc. (ACCC)

The Avalon-Carver Community Center has been a multi-service resource to low-income individuals and families in south-central Los Angeles, CA since 1940. Founded with community funds, the Center has expanded over the years to offer a variety of publicly and privately funded programs for low income families and those impacted by the abuse of alcohol and other addictive substances.

Black Women for Wellness

Black Women for Wellness is committed to healing, educating, and supporting Black Women! Black Women for Wellness started as sisterfriends with the Birthing Project in Los Angeles in 1999. It began as a group of women concerned about the health and well-being of their babies. As grandmothers, mothers, aunties, daughters, and sisterfriends, they found they had no choice but to take on the plethora of health issues Black women encounter.

Building Bridges to Optimum Health

“Building Bridges to Optimum Health” is an ongoing series of community partnered participatory research projects directed toward educating the community and creating an opportunity for interaction between the lay community, community based organizations, health care providers, the department of health services and academic medical centers. The health of the South Los Angeles community has been the driving force in building the community bridges. Major health disparities are discussed by community and then organized through a collaborative academic/community process. This has led to community educational seminars on topics ranging from preterm delivery, women’s health, clinical research, research ethics, memory disorders, mental health, childhood asthma, environmental health, violence, chronic kidney disease and diabetes. These collaborations have also enabled new relationships between community and academia that have created new strategies to deliver effective educational messages; creating criterion for conducting the highest quality evidenced based research and providing care. The development of new research strategies has been generated through community input and published in the medical community bringing a new awareness and validity to the process.

The City Project

The City Project believes that all people should have access to healthy, livable communities. Their multicultural, Latino-led team works with diverse allies to ensure equal access to (1) healthy green land use through planning by and for the community; (2) climate justice; (3) physical education and schools of hope as centers of their communities; (4) health equity and wellness; and (5) economic vitality for all, including jobs and avoiding displacement as communities become greener and more desirable. The mission of The City Project is to achieve equal justice, democracy, and livability for all.

Community Health Councils, Inc (CHC)

For more than twenty years, Community Health Councils (CHC) has led efforts to eliminate disparities in health by expanding coverage, increasing access to healthcare, and improving the environment in areas with inadequate resources for health living.

CHC engages, supports, and gives voice to marginalized, low-income and under-served populations through coalition building and community mobilization. Our dynamic network of coalitions is composed of neighborhood leaders, consumer advocates, healthcare, social services, educational and faith-based organizations serving communities in Los Angeles, across California and the US.

CHC's mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health of underserved populations.

Health African American Families II

Healthy African American Families is a non-profit, community serving agency. Their mission is to improve the health outcomes of the African American, Latino and Korean communities in Los Angeles County by enhancing the quality of care and advancing social progress through education, training, and collaborative partnering with community, academia, researchers and government.

Los Angeles Urban League

Founded in 1921, the Los Angeles Urban League is recognizing more than 90 years of service to our Los Angeles communities. The League is the city’s premier organization in advancing equal opportunities on behalf of African Americans and other minority youths and adults through innovative job training, job placement, youth achievement and business development programs. Through Neighborhoods@Work, award-winning programs, services and advocacy activities (with six offices located in the Crenshaw District, South Los Angeles, and Pomona), the Los Angeles Urban League serves over 100,000 constituents annually. Blair H. Taylor serves as the President & CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, one of the largest and most successful affiliates of the National Urban League, which has affiliates in 100 cities throughout the United States.

SHIELDS for Families


To develop, deliver and evaluate culturally sensitive, comprehensive service models that empower and advocate for high-risk families in South Los Angeles


Believing, Building, Becoming…Believing in our families that they can overcome whatever challenges they face. Building a foundation of hope that our families can acquire the skills and support needed to accomplish their goals. Becoming empowered…as proud individuals, nurturing parents, and productive members of the community.

  • * Promote family reunification and support families remaining intact in the community
  • * Strengthen families through the provision of comprehensive and collaborative services
  • * Improve the general well-being of families through comprehensive health programs and preventative social services
  • * Encourage self-sufficiency and economic independence